Blog by Alexis Drye, Director of The Grounds Bookstore & Cafe
If you’ve been alive in the last year, you’ve probably seen little boys sporting t-shirts clad with their own superhero cape trailing behind. I’ve often heard my husband jokingly (but seriously) commenting that he wish it were sociably acceptable for adult men to wear shirts with capes like that. His would be Batman for sure. Even Cam Newton likes to pretend he has a Superman outfit underneath his jersey.(He is pretending, right?)
And if you’ve been in The Grounds at all in the last month, you’ve probably noticed our superhero-themed Father’s Day display. That’s because we see fathers as modern day superheroes. Just as Gotham City needs Batman and Earth needs Thor, our society needs dads; and not just any dads, but dads who love Jesus.
Superpowers like faith, self-control, patience, chivalry and kindness do much more in a child’s world than the gift of super strength, flight or the ability to see through walls.
So this year, let’s consider the ways in which we can be sidekicks to our superhero men, supporting them as they light the way for their children in an increasingly dark culture.
The Gift of Prayer
This may seem cliche, but it’s true. Our dads need prayer. They may not have superhuman strength, but God does. And He longs to display it in a father’s life. If you don’t know exactly what to to pray for, we (of course) have a few recommended resources:
“A Praying Life” – Paul Miller ; A book on prayer may not be the most obvious gift choice for Dad this year, but it could be the most life-changing gift he’s ever received for Father’s Day. And this is our #1 pick.
“The Power of a Praying Wife” – Stormie Omartian ; Wives, this book covers just about every way in which a wife can pray for her husband, including for his role as a father.
“The Power of a Praying Parent” – Stormie Omartian; Moms, why not get Dad a gift that you two can share in together as you discover the beauty of praying together for your children?
The Gift of Inspiration
Men may not be inspired by sappy movies or Jane Austen novels, but they are spurred on by other men and by encouragement. We’ve got a few books that may just fan the flame inside them:
“7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness” – Eric Metaxas ; Metaxas hopes to redefine manhood and fatherhood through the example of seven incredible men in history.
“Fatherless” – James Dobson ; Though fiction, this book plays out the narrative of today’s cultural trends to look at the future role (or lack thereof) of fathers. What would our society be like without dads? If Dad ever wondered if he were that important, this book will remove that doubt.
The Gift of Childhood
This one may seem odd, but haven’t you noticed how Dad most seems to be in his element when he’s in earnest play with the kids? That’s because he is a kid himself in a lot of ways. Nurture the child within him with one of these:
“Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World” – Bob Goff ; Goff may be the founder of a huge non-profit organization, a leader in a Washington law firm, as well as the Honorary Consul of Uganda, but he lives life with the adventurous spirit of a child. Dad will be reminded that he can have fun in life, even when having to still pay bills and go to work.
“The Chronicles of Narnia” – C.S. Lewis ; Okay, this may seem like the biggest stretch in the list, but in truth, it shouldn’t be. Lewis wrote this series in an effort to explain the gospel to his children, and it has since become one of the most famous youth series of all time. Let Dad view the gospel story through the lens of a child, or let the book give him ideas as to how he might want to leave a legacy of faith among his children.
The Gift of Caffeine
Because being a parent is tiring. Enough said. We sell our coffee for $12/lb, and we’ll even grind it for you to save you an additional step.
Happy Father’s Day.